The members of Quire Cleveland are highly-trained musicians, collectively representing 500 years of choral experience. Many are soloists, music directors, and educators at the major churches, synagogues, and schools in northeast Ohio. Founding Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin chooses programs that are appealing and accessible, showcasing the timeless beauty of the music and the glorious choral sound.
- Evan Bescan
Tenor Evan Bescan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, along with a Methodology Diploma from the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. He is currently a full-time elementary/middle school music teacher at Stockyard Community School in Cleveland and a chorister at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Evan is also a consultant of the Freda Joyce Brint Foundation, using music to enhance learning and life in people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Ian Crane
Ian Crane is a high school music teacher and performer. He teaches choir and band at Holy Name High School in Parma, and previously spent five years on faculty at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, as instructor of bagpipes. He has performed with many local groups, including Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Carolers, and the Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Ian earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Cleveland State University and his master’s in conducting from Kent State University. He resides in Lakewood, with his wife, Tricia, and children, Phoebe and Alexander.
- Ross W. Duffin
Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin was born in London, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario there. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University where he specialized in the performance practice of early music. He came to Case Western Reserve in 1978 to direct the nationally recognized historical performance program there. Duffin has made a name for himself as a scholar in a wide range of repertoires, publishing articles on music from the 13th to the 18th centuries. His edition of DuFay chansons won the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society for work of benefit to both scholars and performers, and his edition of Josquin motets was published in 1998 by Oxford University Press.
Other “vocal” publications include the award winning Shakespeare’s Songbook (WW Norton, 2004), a study of all the songs from Shakespeare’s plays, and an edition of motets from the Jacobean period from A-R Editions. Duffin’s love of vocal ensemble singing has a familial background, since his grandfather, William Nelson, was a professional countertenor in London, England, and was soloist for Harold Darke and later Herbert Murrill, and his mother conducted her church choir, making him a third-generation choral conductor. Duffin has sung with Apollo’s Fire since its inception in 1992. He also directs the Early Music Singers at Case.
- Donna Fagerhaug
Donna Fagerhaug holds a Master of Arts degree in Church Music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary and a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatory at Capital University, both in Columbus, Ohio. Locally, she sings with Apollo’s Singers and Cantores Cleveland, and is the soprano soloist at Lakewood Congregational Church. Donna resides in Rocky River with her husband and three children.
- Anthony Gault
Anthony Gault is a native of Philadelphia, where he began his musical training as a member of the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale. He continued his studies at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, where he studied Vocal Music. Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from Temple University, and a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Miami. He has sung with Apollo’s Fire, Eakins Vocal Consort, and the Master Chorale of South Florida. He currently serves as the Upper and Middle School Music Teacher at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, OH.
- José Gotera
José Gotera began his choral training at age eight at St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto. He sang with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Tafelmusik, while completing degrees at the University of Toronto. In Cleveland, he has sung with Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland Opera on Tour, Opera Circle, Opera Cleveland, and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. He completed an M.A. in Early Music Performance at CWRU. At present, José is a voice instructor at Cleveland State University. He is also an instructor at Hiram College, where he teaches voice and directs the Hiram Men’s Chorus. He sings with the Trinity Cathedral Chamber Singers.